The missing multiplier

How to use public procurement for more sustainable municipalities?

The third of Nordregio’s three Localising Agenda 2030 webinars took place on 2 March 2022, watch the recording below!

The Nordic countries enjoy high living standards, but also stand out in global rankings as over-consumers of natural resources. To reach Agenda 2030 targets, our production and consumption patterns must change, moving from linear approaches to circular flows. With several billion spent on public procurement each year across the Nordic region, procurement is a powerful tool to leverage sustainability at a large scale. A recent report from the Nordic Council of Ministers has highlighted public procurement as ‘the missing multiplier’. While identified as an individual target (SDG 12.7), public procurement can impact all SDGs and 82% of the targets. In this webinar, we will learn from some municipalities who changed their procurement processes – and discuss gains and pitfalls along the way towards increased circularity and local produce.

13:00 – 14:30 CET

13:00Welcome greeting 
13:05Setting the scene: How to use public procurement for more sustainable Nordic municipalities?
13:10Keynote speech #1
Nanna Krog-Meyer, Director of Economy, Gladsaxe municipality, Denmark
13:30Keynote speech #2
Eveliina Varis, Senior Advisor on Sustainability, Vantaa municipality, Finland
13:50Panel discussion with keynote speakers and experts, followed by a Q&A with the audience!
• Tobias Jobring, National Agency for Public Procurement, Sweden
• Salla Koivusalo, KEINO – competence centre for sustainable and innovative public procurement, Finland
• Ida Laustsen, Innovative Procurements, Norway
14:25Final remarks

The Localising Agenda 2030 webinars gather local officials and civil society networks across the Nordics that work actively with the SDGs – in leadership, indicator development, and the shift towards sustainable public procurement. The Nordic Council of Ministers funds the series to strengthen collaboration between Nordic municipalities and inspire further learning and action towards the 2030 goals. 

Discover previous webinar series, publications and more of our work with the Agenda 2030 – visit our Agenda 2030 at the local level website!